USA Ultimate is committed to fostering a safe and healthy environment for all of its members. As such, we have created several programs, including a detailed Code of Conduct, to protect athletes of all ages. The following rules, policies, education and tools are intended to serve our members and community as we work together to maintain this safe environment.
Health and Safety
USA Ultimate has two established committees on Health and Safety: the Medical Advisory Board and the Health and Performance Committee. These volunteer committees are comprised of experienced professionals from various health and safety fields who hail from both inside and outside the ultimate community.
USA Ultimate has established Health, Safety, and Liability Requirements for USA Ultimate Sanctioned and Championship Events.
Concussion Safety Resources
Nationally, concussion awareness and safety programs, laws and requirements have received a great deal of attention over the past few years.
USA Ultimate recommends the CDC "Heads Up Safety" program, a free one-hour online training: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/youth.html.
USA Ultimate's participant waiver includes important information from the CDC regarding concussion safety: http://www.usaultimate.org/membership/usa_ultimate_membership_forms.aspx.
Coaches at USA Ultimate events are required to have completed a concussion awareness and safety recognition program (like the CDC program above or other local or state-recommended course). Coaches should not submit records of course completion to USA Ultimate, but should maintain records on-site while coaching.
Removal & Return to Play
All guidelines identified by the CDC must be strictly followed in the event of a suspected concussion:
1. Remove athlete from play.
2. Ensure athlete is evaluated by an health care professional trained in concussion diagnosis and management.
Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
3. If a minor, inform athlete's parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.
4. Allow athlete to return to play only with permission from an appropriate health care professional.
NCSI Background Screening
How to obtain a new NCSI background check:
Step 1: Log into your member account (just above the menu)
Step 2: Head to the "My Coach" account from within your member account
Step 3: Click on the button to
$21.50 for two years
(Some additional fees may apply for a limited number of specific counties, payable through the NCSI website.)
The National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) has long been trusted by our nation’s premiere sport governing bodies, the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and thousands of other grass roots sports programs. These organizations trust NCSI because of [the] history of pioneering national standards and advancing the quality of background screenings in the youth and amatuer sports community. NCSI's experience and expertise in working with Governing Bodies and their grassroots constituents [meet] the increasing needs of today’s amateur sports organizations. (NCSI, www.ncsisafe.org)
Chaperones: USA Ultimate requires NCSI Green-Light chaperones for any team with a player under the age of 18 participating in USA Ultimate sanctioned and championships events
Coaches: As of April 2012, all coaches of teams at USA Ultimate competition are required to be Green-Light screened by NCSI.
Content of the Background Check:
Convictions for any of the following crimes will prompt a determination that an applicant ‘does not meet’ the criteria to serve a youth-serving organization:
R1. Any felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year)
a. Defined on the basis of exposure for the offense for which the defendant was convicted, pled guilty, pled nolo contendere or which is pending a disposition. If pled down, then the crime for which the defendant ultimately was convicted.
b. Defined as all crimes punishable by greater than one year in jail or prison, regardless of how characterized by jurisdiction. If range, alternate sentencing, or indeterminate sentencing, outer range greater than one year.
R2. Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person.
R3. Any lesser crime of a sexual nature or classified as a sex offense including but not limited to "victimless" crimes of a sexual nature such as prostitution, pornography, indecent exposure; and crimes in which sexual relations is an element.
R4. Any lesser crime involving controlled substances (not paraphernalia or alcohol).
R5. Any lesser crime involving cruelty to animals.
R6. Any sex offender registrant.
R7. Any lesser crime involving harm to a minor
USA Ultimate Codes of Conduct
USA Ultimate has created or adapted the following codes of conduct for our various member roles:
USA Ultimate Conduct Policy
USA Ultimate Coaching Ethics Code
USA Ultimate Spirit of Coaching